Determination of 6-methoxy-2-naphthylacetic acid, a major metabolite of nabumetone, in human plasma by HPLC

Qin, Y.; Zou, Y.; Liang, M.; Huang, Y.; Yu, Q.

Hua Xi Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao 30(4): 452-454


ISSN/ISBN: 0257-7712
PMID: 11387968
Accession: 045745288

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This paper reports a sensitive and rapid method for determining 6-methoxy-2-naphthylacetic acid (MNA), a major metabolite of nabumetone in human plasma using naproxen as the internal standard. High performance liquid chromatograph model 680 (Waters, USA) with a variable wavelength UV detector and reversed-phase YWG-C18 column (10 microns, 250 x 4.6 mm) was used. After the addition of acetate buffer(pH3.0), the plasma sample was extracted with methylene chloride. The mobile phase of methanol-pH3.0, 0.02 mol/L acetate buffer(74:26) was pumped at 1.0 ml/min through the column. The detector at 0.01AUFS was set at 270 nm. The retention times for MNA and naproxen were 3.98 min and 4.73 min respectively. Standard curve was linear in the concentration range of 0.5 to 64 mg/L. The detection limit in serum was 0.02 mg/L. Extraction recovery was 88%-94%; method recovery 96%-102%; withinday RSD less than 3.5%; inter-day RSD less than 5%.